Red Hoff

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Red Hoff
Chet Hoff.jpg
Born: (1891-05-08)May 8, 1891
Ossining, New York
Died: September 17, 1998(1998-09-17) (aged 107)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 6, 1911 for the New York Highlanders
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1915 for the St. Louis Browns
Career statistics
Win–loss record 2-4
Earned run average 2.49
Innings pitched 83

Chester Cornelius "Red" Hoff (May 8, 1891 – September 17, 1998) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball.


Born in Ossining, New York, he pitched for the New York Highlanders (renamed the Yankees in 1913) from 1911–1913 and for the St. Louis Browns in 1915.

Hoff made his major league debut on September 6, 1911. Pitching against the Detroit Tigers, he struck out the first batter he faced, Ty Cobb. In later years, Hoff recalled this as the highlight of his career.[citation needed]

Although he only appeared in 23 games, Hoff is best remembered for being the oldest living ex-major leaguer at the time of his death in Daytona Beach, Florida at age 107. He was the longest-lived former professional athlete ever. This record may have been broken by negro-leaguer Silas Simmons (who is believed to have been 109 or possibly 111 at his death), but Hoff remains the longest-lived person to have played in Major League Baseball. Hoff died of complications resulting from an accidental fall.

At the time of his death, he was the last surviving player to have played during the dead-ball era, the historically low-scoring period of Major League Baseball from 1901 to 1920.

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Preceded by
Bill Otis
Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
December 15, 1990 – September 17, 1998
Succeeded by
Ike Kahdot